West Homestead

The Borough of West Homestead

West Homestead

Historical Background

The Borough of West Homestead, incorporated on January 29, 1901 is located in the historic Steel Valley of Western Pennsylvania. The locality, which spans from the banks of the Monongahela River up and out onto the hilltops overlooking it,  was a magnet for immigrant workers looking to earn a living in the steel mills and furnaces of Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick. They came from all over Europe in hopes of making an honest living at the mill. When they did this they not only brought their hard worth ethic but also their diverse cultures, languages and religions with them. This prompted the building of a great deal of ethnic community centers and churches, in fact West Homestead is surrounded by the largest group of ethnic churches on the National Register.

When the mills finally closed down int he early 80’s, like every other town affected by the steel industry’s exodus, the town experienced depopulation and the pains which accompany it. But with the turn of the new century came new opportunity for the quaint steel town.

West Homestead Today

When US Steel closed their doors in 1983, West Homestead rebounded quickly and took its first step towards reinvention with the opening of Sand Castle Water park in 1989. This newly built park became a regional asset and attracts residents from all throughout the county and beyond. The next step forward came in the form of the development of the Continental Estate Waterfront Development. The “Waterfront” is located along the Monongahela River and is a 300-acre mixed use development spanning three Boroughs -Munhall, Homestead and West Homestead.  On top of the great opportunity found in the waterfront the borough is attempting to usher in a resurgence of its 8th avenue corridor, which already houses a healthy mix of national franchises and mom and pop shops, most of which are hidden gems (except to the locals).

The local municipal staff in the borough are both energetic and optimistic for what lies ahead. The borough facilitates an abundance of programs, including strategic code enforcement and the use of Allegheny County’s Sheriff sale, all aimed at bettering the condition of municipality as a whole.  In addition, a healthy reserve of committed residents all strive to make West Homestead the next place to live, work and play. 


Total Population:1,929
Minority Population:282
Total Household:995
Vacant Household:13.1%
Median Household Income:$49,559
Per Capita Income:$24,496
Individuals Below Poverty Line:8.4%

Community Profile

West Homestead


Borough Offices & Council

The borough offices are located on 456 West Eight Avenue | West Homestead, PA 15120 and can be contacted by Phone at (412) 461-1844 Ext. #2.

Borough Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Borough Staff

Staff PersonPosition
Kyle ThauvetteBorough Manager
Donna McMichaelBorough Secretary
Robin DunmireSectretary
Lisa GuckesTax Collector
Christopher T. DeasyPolice Chief
Glenn GuckesPublic Works Director
John G. DindakFire Chief

Borough Council

Council convenes the second Tuesday of each month in the Borough Offices at 6:15 pm. 

Elected OfficialPosition
John J. DindakMayor
William StaskoCouncil President
Joseph BaranVice-President of Council
Ashley CainCouncil Member
Robert CherepCouncil Member
David HarhaiCouncil Member
Margaret HolderCouncil Member
John KarafaCouncil Member

For more information please visit the borough’s Homepage.